August 3, 2012
“If you do not appear, an application may be made for the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.”They should issue the warrant. No Attorney General should disobey a summons. This man stated to KSPN that he was the Attorney General for thirty more days and was going on vacation. Any other law abiding citizen who is summoned to appear in court would postpone the vacation to appear in court. Since the Office of the Attorney General receives federal funds, the federal law enforcement officials should be looking into why an Attorney General is breaking the law.
A commenter in a previous post stated that Buckingham was escorted to the airport by the newly appointed Fitial puppet, Deputy DPS Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro. The Marianas Variety confirmed this news. Was Ogumoro ordered to escort Buckingham by the Governor? Or did the two law enforcement officials cook up that scheme themselves? Pathetic!
The Marianas Variety reported that the AG took a Delta flight to Japan. Well, certainly he can run, but he cannot hide. His legacy will follow him and he certainly could be disbarred if not imprisoned for his crimes.
Tina Sablan wrote a disturbing description of Buckingham fleeing:
"Just hours after the Public Auditor's Special Prosecutor filed criminal charges against him for public misconduct, Attorney General Ed Buckingham was spirited out of the CNMI on a 6am flight to Narita using public resources. Police escorted him to the airport in the wee hours of the morning - about 3am, at least four DPS vehicles, at least half a dozen officers. Deputy Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro carried Buckingham's luggage. Police physically pushed me and ordered me to "get back" while I was filming. But we've confirmed: Buckingham was personally served his penal summons just before the plane took off. He's ordered to be back here in court on Monday morning."Tina is a courageous heroine for trying to videotape this criminal Attorney General and his thugs for the KSPN news.
Tina also stated, "Ultimate irony: one of the DPS vehicles used in the escort was marked "Human Trafficking Unit".
What Attorney General gets served with a criminal summons and makes the choice to leave instead of following the law and appearing in court? What deputy commissioner of a police department abets a fugitive to the point of carrying his luggage? Is there no end to the corruption and lawlessness of CNMI public officials?
The police are charged with protecting the public, but once again the CNMI Department of Public Safety (not) demonstrates that public safety takes the backseat to protecting politically-connected lawbreakers. The police were not enforcing the law, but abetting a criminal and attacking an innocent civilian. I suspect that Governor Fitial requested the escort service. Perhaps to get Buckingham off-island before he was put under oath and divulged all of the Administration's dirt.
This escort service is an abuse of public funds. Federal funds should be pulled from DPS immediately. There should be a federal investigation. There should also be an investigation by the Office of the Public Auditor.
This is chilling.